Daimler, Kamaz “Intensify” Collaboration
Daimler Trucks and the Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz said they have intensified their strategic partnership, signing a licensing agreement that will result in greater collaboration on the production of truck cabs. As part of the agreement, Mercedes-Benz will supply Axor cabs to Kamaz, which the Russian company will incorporate it into its new generation of trucks in 2013.
The agreement is based on a Memorandum of Understanding concluded between Daimler Trucks and Kamaz in September 2011, which stated that the two companies would begin cooperating on truck cabs in the second half of 2012. The two companies began their strategic cooperation in 2008.
“Our modular system is once again paying off,” said Andreas Renschler, the Daimler board member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses. “We strengthen our partner’s competitiveness with our technology.”
Sergey Kogogin, director general of Kamaz, added, “The expanded partnership allows us to further modernize our trucks and at the same time optimally adapt them to Russian market requirements.”
The licensing agreement stipulates that Mercedes-Benz will supply Kamaz with several cabs this year, which the Russian company will install into prototype vehicles. In the following years, Mercedes-Benz will then deliver individual components, which will be assembled at the Kamaz production plant in Chelny in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. Over time, an increasing share of the components will be produced locally. The partners’ long-term goal is to sell more than 20,000 vehicles equipped with the cab.